Oh my: Al Gore bails on lecture at Copenhagen

posted at 8:19 pm on December 3, 2009 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Pope to skip Easter mass.”

Berlingkse Media, a Danish group coordinating ticket sales and publicity for the event, said that “great annoyance” was a factor in the cancellation, along with unforeseen changes in Mr. Gore’s program for the climate summit. The decision affected 3,000 ticket holders.

“We have had a clear-cut agreement, and it is unusual with great disappointment that we have to announce that Al Gore cancels. We had a huge expectation for the event. . . . We do not yet know the detailed reasons for the cancellation,” said Lisbeth Knudsen, CEO of Berlingske Media, in a statement posted by the company.

The ClimateDepot,com, an online news aggregator that tracks global-warming news reports, referred to the situation as “Nopenhagen,” and evidence that popular momentum for the Copenhagen conference “is fading.”

A fun story, but people are trying too hard to spin it as evidence that the Goracle’s lying low in light of Climategate. For one thing, I haven’t seen any report that he’s skipping the entire summit and its many, many photo ops. He’s skipping just this event. In fact, he may have dropped it in favor of a more high-profile gig:

Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider says the decision was made because of “all the events going on with the summit.” Dec. 16 is a key date for the meeting because that’s when the ministerial segment starts.

Beyond that, a guy who won a Peace Prize for becoming the high priest of this church simply isn’t going to turn on it this easily. The East Anglia boys will dump global warming — and each other, which they’re already doing — before Gore does. Nor do I think he’s ducking the lecture because he’s afraid to face questions about Climategate. Why should he be? He’s already got two pre-packaged “rebuttal” arguments to choose from, the savvy and the schmucky. Just today the UK’s climate secretary went the latter route by warning people not to be distracted from the crisis by skeptic “saboteurs.” That spin will be plenty good enough for a roomful of true believers, I’m sure. Exit question: Hotter ticket at Copenhagen, The One or Pope Al?

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fogw on December 3, 2009 at 8:46 PM

+1 LOL

John the Libertarian on December 3, 2009 at 9:38 PM

could this be gore’s dare I say it…..waterloo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu1q17rUkVU

unseen on December 3, 2009 at 9:18 PM
Now that was just mean.

scalleywag on December 3, 2009 at 9:35 PM

I just wish I could sign Abba up to play this song at Copenhagan

unseen on December 3, 2009 at 9:38 PM

I hear this song whenever I see liberals heads exploding….

unseen on December 3, 2009 at 9:30 PM

Life could be worse! Love those costumes.

John the Libertarian on December 3, 2009 at 9:39 PM

America’s Chicken… is running home… to roost!

ya2daup on December 3, 2009 at 9:40 PM

AnthonyK on December 3, 2009 at 9:33 PM

OOOPs..Meant to add one of the emails that has been released. I meant Who did the email actually go to.

Here it is:

In the meantime, though, Osborn and his colleagues had already taken matters into their own hands. On May 29, Phil Jones wrote to Michael Mann, with the subject heading “IPCC & FOI”:

Mike, Can you delete any emails you may have with Keith re AR4? ["AR4" is common shorthand for the U.N. IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report, which was released in 2007.] Keith will do likewise. He’s not in at the moment – minor family crisis.

Can you also email Gene and get him to do the same? I don’t have his new email address.

We will be getting Caspar to do likewise.

AnthonyK on December 3, 2009 at 9:40 PM

AnthonyK on December 3, 2009 at 9:40 PM

I think the more important question is: Who is John Galt?

John the Libertarian on December 3, 2009 at 9:43 PM

It’s so…(sniff, sniff) sad. The High Priest of Eco – Wisdom, the Savior of Planet Earth, the Green Warrior, the Embodiment of Gaia, the Prophet of Our New World Order…will miss this golden opportunity to preach his message of: PAY UP SUCKAS – LINE UP TO WREAK YOUR ECONOMY – BOW DOWN TO MY HOCKEY STICK GRAPH AND SIGN YOUR FUTURE AWAY. This Entrepid Custodian of ALL THAT IS RIGHT AND GOOD has bagged the faithful. You can hear them now…sniveling…weeping…tapping the keys of their keyboards….frantically checking HuffPost, de Kos, and Democratic Underground…to “fact check” this dreadful piece of news. Yes…it is true…life as we know it IS BASICALLY OVER. Why? That paragon of the faith, Gordon Brown, told us we have 30 DAYS TO SAVE THE PLANET!!!!! But what about the polar bears that are dying of heat exposure?! What about the seas rising to unprecedented levels? What about the wars, the diseases, the economic devastation that is MAN MADE GLOBAL WARMING? Who will stop it? Who will save the day? Who will snatch the human race from the very brink of the fires of hell itself? Al? Mr. Gore? Goracle baby? (yes you…the guy who was going to charge $1200 to each person who wanted to shake your hand) You must help. Help us Gorebaby One Kenobi you’re our only hope! Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahhahahaha!

johnnybgood on December 3, 2009 at 9:44 PM

Somewhere in Copenhagen, some poor artist has a boatload of “Mandbaeresvin” t-shirts that’ll never sell now that the Goracle has bailed on Denmark.

coldwarrior on December 3, 2009 at 9:47 PM

Cross-posting from the AGW poll thread…

I came across this idea in a letter to the editor at the WSJ today entitled “Feynman on Scientific Integrity”. The AGW “scientists” and adherents are engaged in Cargo Cult Science, a form of scientific conduct which Richard Feynman spoke of in his commencement address at Caltech in 1974:

I think the educational and psychological studies I mentioned are examples of what I would like to call cargo cult science. In the South Seas there is a cargo cult of people. During the war they saw airplanes land with lots of good materials, and they want the same thing to happen now. So they’ve arranged to imitate things like runways, to put fires along the sides of the runways, to make a wooden hut for a man to sit in, with two wooden pieces on his head like headphones and bars of bamboo sticking out like antennas–he’s the controller–and they wait for the airplanes to land. They’re doing everything right. The form is perfect. It looks exactly the way it looked before. But it doesn’t work. No airplanes land. So I call these things cargo cult science, because they follow all the apparent precepts and forms of scientific investigation, but they’re missing something essential, because the planes don’t land.

Now it behooves me, of course, to tell you what they’re missing. But it would be just about as difficult to explain to the South Sea Islanders how they have to arrange things so that they get some wealth in their system. It is not something simple like telling them how to improve the shapes of the earphones. But there is one feature I notice that is generally missing in cargo cult science. That is the idea that we all hope you have learned in studying science in school–we never explicitly say what this is, but just hope that you catch on by all the examples of scientific investigation. It is interesting, therefore, to bring it out now and speak of it explicitly. It’s a kind of scientific integrity, a principle of scientific thought that corresponds to a kind of utter honesty–a kind of leaning over backwards.

For example, if you’re doing an experiment, you should report everything that you think might make it invalid–not only what you think is right about it: other causes that could possibly explain your results; and things you thought of that you’ve eliminated by some other experiment, and how they worked–to make sure the other fellow can tell they have been eliminated.

Details that could throw doubt on your interpretation must be given, if you know them. You must do the best you can–if you know anything at all wrong, or possibly wrong–to explain it. If you make a theory, for example, and advertise it, or put it out, then you must also put down all the facts that disagree with it, as well as those that agree with it. There is also a more subtle problem. When you have put a lot of ideas together to make an elaborate theory, you want to make sure, when explaining what it fits, that those things it fits are not just the things that gave you the idea for the theory; but that the finished theory makes something else come out right, in addition.

In summary, the idea is to try to give all of the information to help others to judge the value of your contribution; not just the information that leads to judgment in one particular direction or another.

The easiest way to explain this idea is to contrast it, for example, with advertising. Last night I heard that Wesson oil doesn’t soak through food. Well, that’s true. It’s not dishonest; but the thing I’m talking about is not just a matter of not being dishonest, it’s a matter of scientific integrity, which is another level. The fact that should be added to that advertising statement is that no oils soak through food, if operated at a certain temperature. If operated at another temperature, they all will — including Wesson oil. So it’s the implication which has been conveyed, not the fact, which is true, and the difference is what we have to deal with.

We’ve learned from experience that the truth will come out. Other experimenters will repeat your experiment and find out whether you were wrong or right. Nature’s phenomena will agree or they’ll disagree with your theory. And, although you may gain some temporary fame and excitement, you will not gain a good reputation as a scientist if you haven’t tried to be very careful in this kind of work. And it’s this type of integrity, this kind of care not to fool yourself, that is missing to a large extent in much of the research in cargo cult science.

For “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” fans, the children of the airplane crash behaved as cargo cultists when they related the story of how they came to be marooned and their hope for rescue.

ya2daup on December 3, 2009 at 9:47 PM

All I want for Christmas are five little words directed at Fat Al – Will the Defendant Please Rise?

MayorDaley on December 3, 2009 at 9:50 PM

Sorry Santa, it should be – Will the Defendant Please Rise. Period.

MayorDaley on December 3, 2009 at 9:53 PM

So he gave up 3,000 tickets at $1,200 per head, but it’s no big deal.

Jim Treacher on December 3, 2009 at 9:54 PM

Perhaps man/bear/pig believes he’s in the crosshairs.

faol on December 3, 2009 at 10:01 PM

Alternate headline: “Pope to skip Easter mass.”

Lmao, well played.

nickj116 on December 3, 2009 at 10:01 PM

Maybe his private jet got eaten by a polar bear.

HornetSting on December 3, 2009 at 8:27 PM

You are a hoot, lady!!!

lovingmyUSA on December 3, 2009 at 10:14 PM

So he gave up 3,000 tickets at $1,200 per head, but it’s no big deal.

Jim Treacher on December 3, 2009 at 9:54 PM

He gave up $3.6 million because by meeting with policymakers he hopes to gain 100 times that in his own pocket by way of carbon trading schemes.

Oh, and I think he’s doing it for the same reason many believe Obowa decided to go to Copenhagen as well – afraid that if he doesn’t get them locked in now, the “opportunity” will slip away.

Kill AGW. Kill it DEAD DEAD DEAD!!!

Wanderlust on December 3, 2009 at 10:14 PM

Unforeseen changes in the scheduling? Damn they changed the time for the all you can eat buffet again?

Jdripper on December 3, 2009 at 10:25 PM

He’s too busy looking for somewhere where he can get a refund on his carbon credits.

mankai on December 3, 2009 at 10:51 PM

He’s still trying to scrub all that egg off his face.

Proud Texan on December 3, 2009 at 10:56 PM

So he gave up 3,000 tickets at $1,200 per head, but it’s no big deal.

Jim Treacher on December 3, 2009 at 9:54 PM
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Thank you for pointing out that minor detail.

Dopenstrange on December 3, 2009 at 11:06 PM

Oh my: Al Gore bails on lecture at Copenhagen

Al could not find his penguin suit.

Johan Klaus on December 3, 2009 at 11:59 PM

The man just blew $3.6 million.

Wow.

BlameAmericaLast on December 4, 2009 at 1:51 AM

A fun story, but people are trying too hard to spin it as evidence that the Goracle’s lying low in light of Climategate.

Nah. I doubt Gore didn’t know what the reaction would be. Why invite it unless the alternative was worse?

My bet is he feared a three ring circus, starring him. 3,000 people? That’s a lot of opportunities for shenanigans and Gore didn’t want to look like more a fool than he already does.

RadClown on December 4, 2009 at 2:05 AM

Um, I would, for $3.6 million.

I think many other people would, too.

BlameAmericaLast on December 4, 2009 at 2:12 AM

Nothing is funnier than a sputtering moonbat confronted with facts. Pass the popcorn.

bloviator on December 4, 2009 at 5:41 AM

Gore is out now saying that Crapenhagen doesnt go far enough.

The left is struggling to keep the HOAX alive, but ITS NOT WORKING.

THE HOAX is UNRAVELING! Their mountain of lies is crumbling before our eyes.

dogsoldier on December 4, 2009 at 6:58 AM

Reverend Al can’t even attend his Church of the Sacred Cow? What’s this world coming to?

yoda on December 4, 2009 at 7:26 AM

Since Al Gore’s AGW guru, the taxpayer funded science man turned AGW snake oil sale salesman, NASA’s James Hansen has declared the Copenhagen summit should fail, it may be difficult for the AGW shill, the frontman, Mr Gore to publicly support it. No doubt he will be working behind the scenes.

Patrick49 on December 4, 2009 at 7:32 AM

A most marvelous display of intellectual cowardice, Mr Gore! Bravo!

chalons on December 4, 2009 at 8:50 AM

This just in, Squirrel flatulence the main cause of global climate change. In an concerted effort scientist around the world have reached the consensus that indeed, squirrels are a true danger to the planet’s health. Unfortunately, nobody is willing to target the squirrels existence without declaring it an indangered species which would outlaw the killing of the beasts reulting in a quagmire not seen since the climategate conspiracy.

larvcom on December 4, 2009 at 9:03 AM

COWARD! Doesn’t want to show his face at Dopenhagen.

RICO charges should be brought against Gore.

MADgirl91 on December 4, 2009 at 9:05 AM

It’s doubtful that all 3000 attendees were paying the $1200 for VIP tickets. That would be an awful lot of handshaking, even for a veteran pol like Gore. I’d bet most of the unwashed were only paying something like $50-100 per ticket.

P.S. Do you think that the “light snack” might have been a dish of crow?

ClydeS on December 4, 2009 at 9:19 AM

Time to re-group and scour the emails.

petunia on December 4, 2009 at 11:00 AM

This just in, Squirrel flatulence the main cause of global climate change. In an concerted effort scientist around the world have reached the consensus that indeed, squirrels are a true danger to the planet’s health. Unfortunately, nobody is willing to target the squirrels existence without declaring it an indangered species which would outlaw the killing of the beasts reulting in a quagmire not seen since the climategate conspiracy.

larvcom on December 4, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Wow someone could gather all the actual “research” that went into this stupidity and make a pretty fine book of sarcasm!

Cows were the problem!. Manure stinks so it must be killing the planet! Does that not sound like some of the theories from the middle ages?

Everyone with an issue jumped on this bandwagon to make their pet project all about global warming. What a waste of human ingenuity.

petunia on December 4, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Joe romm on climate Progress complained the Olympic winter games endangered. Whistler had 18 feet of snow in November. All time record by 19% 2 inches snow in Houston. Record early snow.

Record cold.

seven on December 4, 2009 at 11:31 AM

I guess the Polar Bears have talking again!

Al Gore = Fraud

BigMike252 on December 4, 2009 at 11:41 AM

I wonder how many of the scientist who were part of the consensus of thousands, will now stand up and say, “I used the UEA-CRU falsified data to come to my conclusion. I now believe that it is wrong.” I hope they all leave Algore so he can go down in flames in his AGW ship.

DuctTapeMyBrain on December 4, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Gore: If I had known this would happen at East Anglia, I never would have invented the Internet.

He doesn’t need a penguin suit–a chicken suit is more appropriate.

Steve Z on December 4, 2009 at 1:26 PM

…. and it took Internet, invented by this FAT FACED PHONY, to bring the truth to the surface … ha ha ha.

aniladesai on December 4, 2009 at 3:28 PM

It’s a shame so many people who are truly concerned about the environment fall in with these cults and their leaders…they can’t see it’s all about them and not the environment after all.

Oh, well. One born every minute I suppose.

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 4, 2009 at 5:10 PM

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